Reviewed by Paula Citron
The Firebird (excerpt) and Pierrot Lunaire choreographed by Marko Goecke
Searching for Home choreographed by Stephan Thoss
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
Place des Arts, Montreal
May 12 to 21, 2011
If you want to know the hot European choreographers, look no further than the repertoire of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
The season finale features two German contemporary ballet superstars.
Marco Goecke has invented a floating dance vocabulary that is as unique as it is unforgettable. Stephan Thoss has daringly brought last century’s German Expressionism into the modern fold.
Goecke’s The Firebird (excerpt) and Pierrot Lunaire, have both been inspired by the characters and stories of these iconic music masterpieces.
Thoss’ Searching for Home uses the driving rhythms of Philip Glass to propel his dancers. His own scenario takes place in the disturbed psyche of a young woman.
While these ballet noir works are both off point, only highly trained ballet dancers are going to be able to pull them off, and the Les Grands dancers are masterful.
Collectively, Goecke and Thoss disturb, provoke and enchant.
Les Grands Ballets’ German program continues at Montreal’s Place des Arts until May 21.